England Cricket Board charge Ben Stokes with bringing game into disrepute

first_imgEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Alex Hales will appear before a disciplinary hearing in December after being charged on Tuesday with bringing the game into disrepute for a fracas outside a Bristol nightclub a year ago.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement that both were required to attend a panel hearing of the independent Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) in London on Dec. 5 and 7.They could face anything from a warning to the termination of contract.Each has been charged with two counts of breaching an ECB directive that states: “no participant may conduct themself in a manner or do any act or omission at any time which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the ECB, the game of cricket or any cricketer or group of cricketers into disrepute.”READ – Ben Stokes cleared of affray charges by Bristol courtThe timing allows both men, who have resumed their international careers, to be available for England’s tour of Sri Lanka in October and November.England have three tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international lined up in Sri Lanka before starting a tour of the West Indies in mid-January.Stokes and Hales were referred to the CDC by the ECB’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss a year ago but the hearing was put on hold while Stokes faced criminal charges ensuing from the street brawl in Bristol last September.READ- Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawladvertisementThe 27-year-old was last month found not guilty of affray.Prosecutors had told the court that Stokes had got into a fight with two men after being refused entry to the western city’s Mbargo nightclub.Hales, 29, was interviewed by police but not charged over the incident.Stokes’s lawyer Paul Lunt said after the verdict that the case had cost Stokes the England vice-captaincy, his place on an Ashes tour to Australia last winter and in other England matches.Stokes was charged of affray for his involvement in a pub brawl in Bristol on September 24, but was cleared of wrongdoing by the Bristol Crown Court.Prosecutors said the all-rounder had lost control after drinking heavily earlier in the night.After being refused entry to the Mbargo nightclub, the cricketer had abused the doorman and then mocked two openly gay men, the court was told.READ – Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: ProsecutorStokes had denied the charge, told the jury he had been acting in self-defence after stepping in to defend the gay couple who had been on the receiving end of homophobic abuse.He said he had not been drunk but admitted he could not remember what the had been said.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Toronto council votes to oppose Ontario bill to cut number of councillors

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto city council voted Monday to express its opposition to a controversial bill that would cut the council nearly in half to the Ontario government.Council also voted to request that the provincial government conduct a referendum on the number of wards and their boundaries before proceeding with legislation that would cut the number of councillors to 25 from 47.“Today, city council sent a strong message to Queen’s Park that it opposes the process around the change to Toronto’s ward boundaries,” Mayor John Tory said in a release.“City council approved my call for the province to hold a binding referendum before proceeding with any changes to the Toronto ward boundaries,” Tory said.“Change of this magnitude should always happen with a degree of consultation that allows the public to be heard and I believe a referendum will ensure that opportunity.”The vote followed heated debate at Toronto City Hall as local politicians weighed whether to wage a legal battle against the Progressive Conservative government.Premier Doug Ford introduced the legislation on Monday, stating that the plan would streamline the decision-making process and save Toronto taxpayers $25 million in councillor and staff salaries.Ford stunned both politicians and residents last week when he announced the plan to cut council, just months ahead of the fall municipal election.Speaking in the legislature Monday, Ford said he campaigned on reducing the size and cost of government so this move should come as no surprise.“I talked to tens of thousands of people across this province, I talked to thousands of people in Toronto, and every single person I spoke to in Toronto said that city hall is dysfunctional,” Ford said.“We don’t believe in bigger government. We don’t believe in more politicians or more bureaucracy. We’re going to make sure the City of Toronto finally runs more efficiently.”He also highlighted other potential benefits to reducing the number of council seats.“I can assure you that when we have 25 councillors, it’s going to be 500,000 less sheets of paper. I’m protecting the environment. I’m protecting trees,” he said.One city councillor and longtime Ford ally suggested Monday there may be another motive for the move.“There’s going to be less left-leaning politicians in the City of Toronto and that means it’s a great thing and it’s a great day for the taxpayer,” Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti said in a news conference to defend the plan.While Mammoliti and a handful of likeminded councillors showed their support for the bill at the provincial legislature, their peers at city hall discussed their options to oppose the plan, which many have said was foisted on them unexpectedly after the city had already ruled against a similar proposal.Municipal staff have suggested they could not make all the necessary changes in time for the Oct. 22 election, though Ontario’s municipal affairs minister said he had reached out to them and is confident they can work out any “transitional issues.”Scholars and lawyers have said that one of the ways to delay Ford’s plan from taking effect during the current campaign is to mount a legal challenge against the measures and seek a court injunction.Tory said council has asked the city solicitor to examine the validity and constitutionality of the legislation.“I will continue to advocate that the province pushes the pause button on this process and let the municipal election already underway proceed,” he said.“I don’t think there’s any way we can stop it necessarily in the context of the province not able to move forward with changes to the City of Toronto Act … but I think we sure can call into question the process here,” Tory said earlier in the day.Ford has faced similar criticism from the opposition parties, who argue he did not campaign on the issue or hold public consultations as he pledged to do on key policy changes.The premier promised Monday afternoon to go knocking on doors in the Toronto area and as far as Timmins, Ont., over the next week to hear what people think of his proposal, though his office did not immediately confirm the plan.The bill introduced Monday amends several existing laws to realign Toronto municipal wards with provincial and federal ridings, extend the nomination period for those seeking a council seat to mid-September and cancel elections for regional chair in Peel, York, Muskoka and Niagara regions, turning them back into appointed positions.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called Ford’s approach “dictatorial,” and said that while the premier has touted the need for consultation on other issues, such as the sex-ed curriculum, it’s clear he doesn’t want any on this proposed legislation.“No matter how much he pretends that he wants to hear people’s voices, by shutting them out of a decision around their own democratic institutions is absolutely wrong,” she said. “He shouldn’t be governing by edict sitting on his throne in Etobicoke. The bottom line is, he is an elected official in a democracy, and democratic processes require public debate.”The Liberals, who were ousted from government this spring, questioned the premier’s decision to target only Toronto and three other regions, while the Greens said the comments made by Mammoliti suggest the move is “more about settling old scores and gerrymandering the political boundaries than serving the people of Toronto.”– with files from Alanna Rizzalast_img read more

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson And Purina ONE Roll Out The Red Carpet For

first_imgPurina ONE recently announced a partnership with actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson to promote its ONE Difference campaign, which benefits the Petfinder Foundation and celebrates those dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of dogs.Jesse Tyler Ferguson partnered with Purina ONE and Petfinder to adopt his new dog, FennelAs part of the campaign, the brand recently teamed up with Ferguson and spcaLA to host an event in Santa Monica. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) is known for developing the Helping Enhance Animals’ Lives (HEAL) program which provides shelter dogs with enrichment activities and basic obedience to help lower their stress and make them better candidates for adoption. During the event, adoptable dogs walked a red carpet, showcased their smarts on stage and charmed attendees from their makeshift green room. Ferguson joined the fun, walking the red carpet with his recently adopted dog, Fennel.“We’re excited to partner with Jesse on the ONE Difference campaign because we share a passion for animal welfare,” said Eric Willis, Purina ONE brand director. “Through our work with shelters across the country we provide high-quality nutrition to help dogs look and feel their best as they wait for their forever homes, as well as resources to help change perceptions of shelter dogs and ultimately increase adoptions.”Ferguson, a dog lover and rescue advocate, adopted Fennel, with the help of Purina ONE and Petfinder. The eight month-old Maltese, Poodle mix, with an infectious doggy-smile and endless energy, joins Ferguson’s three-year-old Maltese, Yorkie mix, Leaf. Both dogs are currently taking the Purina ONE 28 Day Challenge by switching to Purina ONE SmartBlend, and since switching Ferguson has noticed a remarkable difference in the dog’s excitement level for their new food.“I’m happy to work on the ONE Difference campaign because I think it’s a great way to recognize the people out there who are dedicated to making a positive difference for dogs, whether it’s volunteering at a shelter or adopting a shelter dog,” said Ferguson. “With the help of Purina ONE and Petfinder, we found a wonderful companion and playmate for Leaf, and have noticed a huge change in both dog’s energy levels and general health since starting them on Purina ONE.”“It’s been great to see Leaf and Fennel take the 28 Day challenge, and realize some of the same great results we’ve seen from more than 80,000 dogs whose owners have registered and chosen to switch to Purina ONE since the program began,” said Willis.Consumers can learn more about how Purina ONE supports shelters across the country at www.PurinaONE.com/Shelter-Network.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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DRAGONS DEN ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON WITH 2018 AUDITION TOUR

first_imgAdvertisement DRAGONS’ DEN is calling on all aspiring entrepreneurs to present their business pitches for a chance to be featured next season on CBC. Beginning in Toronto on February 10, auditions will be open to the public, as producers hit the road visiting Canadian cities coast-to-coast in search of the country’s best business ideas in need of a Dragon investment.A full list of audition dates and cities are listed below, venues, timing and additional information can be found online via the DRAGONS’ DEN website (cbc.ca/dragonsden/auditions).The audition tour welcomes participants of all ages, with businesses at any stage of development. Hopeful entrepreneurs should prepare to pitch their concept to the DRAGONS’ DEN producers in five minutes or less. If they show the producers they have what it takes to pitch in the Den, they could be invited to Toronto to face the Dragons. Prospective pitchers are encouraged to apply online and bring a completed application form to the audition. Advertisement Producers will be on the lookout for entrepreneurs in the following cities:Feb. 10 – Toronto, ONFeb. 15 – Edmonton, ABFeb. 15 – Nanaimo, BCFeb. 16 – Windsor, ONFeb. 17 – London, ONFeb. 17 – Calgary, ABFeb. 17 – Vancouver, BCFeb 21 – Guelph, ONFeb. 22 – Belleville, ONFeb. 23 – Kingston, ONFeb. 24 – Montreal, QCFeb. 24 – Ottawa, ONFeb. 24 – Barrie, ONFeb. 28 – Oshawa, ONFeb. 28 – Thunder Bay, ONMar. 2 – Fredericton, NBMar. 2 – Charlottetown, PEIMar. 3 – Hamilton, ONMar. 3 – Halifax, NSMar. 3 – Cranbrook, BCMar. 7 – Waterloo, ONMar. 8 – Kelowna, BCMar. 8 – Lethbridge, ABMar. 10 – Calgary, ABMar. 10 – Victoria, BCMar. 14 – Collingwood, ONMar. 14 – Prince George, BCMar. 14 – Whitehorse, YTMar. 16 – Abbotsford, BCMar. 17 – St. John’s, NLMar. 17 – Vancouver, BCMar. 21 – Regina, SKMar. 23 – Saskatoon, SKMar. 23 – Quebec City, QCMar. 24 – Montreal, QCMar. 24 – Winnipeg, MBMar. 24 – Niagara Falls, ONApr. 7 – Toronto, ON.About DRAGONS’ DENDRAGONS’ DEN is one of the most successful Canadian unscripted programs and is currently in its 12th season. In addition to its success on air, DRAGONS’ DEN is also a hit online, boasting an active and engaged online community and averaging more than 450,000 page views per month. Full episodes and exclusive behind-the-scenes content can be viewed at cbc.ca/dragonsden. DRAGONS’ DEN is filmed at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto and airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Television. Tracie Tighe is executive producer and Molly Middleton and Yette Vandendam are senior producers. Dianne Buckner hosts. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Find the show online at: cbc.ca/dragonsdenfacebook.com/dragonsden@cbcdragon #cbcdragonsden About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

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President invites UPFA party leaders for meeting

President Maithripala Sirisena has invited United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) party leaders for a meeting tomorrow.The meeting is scheduled to take place at the President’s official residence tomorrow morning, National Freedom Front (NFF) leader and UPFA member Wimal Weerawansa said. The President, as chairman of the UPFA, has called for the meeting ahead of the new Parliament meeting tomorrow. Weerawansa said that he will make clear that his party will not support the National Government formed between the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking to journalists at a media briefing, Weerawansa said that he will take part in the meeting and express his views on several issues.

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EU and UNICEF officials visit development projects in Ampara

In addition, the EU and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) handed over the Kanchikudichcharu tank in Thirukkovil, which was improved through the EU-SDDP funds, to the Provincial Department of Irrigation (Ampara). The opening of the sluice gate by Ms. Nina Brandstrup, FAO Representative for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, marked the symbolic handing over of the tank that will benefit 1130 farmer families. The project was implemented by FAO with a focus on increasing the water storage capacity of the tank.The tank, located in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka, enables paddy cultivation on 1700 acres in the Maha (rainy) season and in the Yala (dry) season although full scale cultivation during the dry season had been substantially lower, with only 1100 acres being cultivated.With the improvement works that have been conducted, the tank is now able to irrigate an additional 600 acres of land during the Yala season and an additional 1200 metric tons of paddy production is expected with the increasing of the height of the tank bund and improvements to the spillways and sluices. European Union and United Nations officials visit development projects in Ampara today.A maternity ward at Ugana in Ampara was jointly declared open by the Head of Cooperation of Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Ms. Libuse Soukupova and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Deputy Representative, Dr. Paula Bulancea. A reforestation programme to plant 300 trees in the environs of the Kanchikudichcharu Irrigation Scheme was also conducted. The increase in production will generate more income for farmer families. (Colombo Gazette) While Ampara is the highest paddy producer in the country, only 40% of the farmers have access to quality seed paddy in the district.The Delegation also visited a Seed Paddy Processing Centre at Sammanthurai which was funded under the same EU Programme and implemented by UNDP. The facility will support a 25 member strong farmer organization for seed paddy production – AGRO Group. In support of this initiative, AGRO group invested in purchasing a land of 40 perch, while UNDP provided a complete building with machineries for the processing unit. The newly constructed maternity ward, which has been funded as part of the European Union-Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP) and implemented by UNICEF, will benefit over 65,000 people including children and families. Access to healthcare through such facilities is essential for women and children, especially the provision of family planning, making childbirth safe, vaccinating against diseases and promoting breastfeeding. The newly constructed ward will contribute to reducing maternal & infant mortality leading to better health outcomes for the country. The Bureau for the Prevention of Abuses of Children and Women in Ampara Police Station was also inaugurated by Ms. Soukupova and Dr. Bulancea. The Bureau was supported by the European Union through UNICEF, will benefit nearly 45,000 people in the region. The building of a Women’s and Children’s Desk (WCD), offers a safe and private space for victims of violence ans abuse to confidentially report their cases to the authorities. This initiative is key element of UNICEF’s child protection programme in ensuring that vulnerable children have a protective space that respects their dignity and their right to privacy. The Department of Police, the Ministry of Law and Order, the Probation Department, the National Child Protection Authority and the Rural Development Foundation are all involved in this initiative. read more

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Goldcorp will have to raise bid to win Osisko Mining analysts say

by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2014 2:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Goldcorp will have to raise bid to win Osisko Mining, analysts say TORONTO – Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) will have to raise its bid if it expects to be successful in its unsolicited takeover offer for Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK), analysts say.RBC Capital Markets analyst Dan Rollins suggests that Montreal-based Osisko will negotiate an improved offer in the range of $6.50 to $7 per share — compared with Goldcorp’s offer worth about $5.95.“We believe Goldcorp’s offer is a shot across the bow in order to bring Osisko to the table to negotiate a friendly transaction or bring a superior proposal to investors,” Rollins wrote in a note to clients.Shares in Osisko shot up well above Goldcorp’s offer price after the big gold miner announced Monday that it’s offering cash and stock that value Osisko at about $2.6 billion.Under the terms of the bid, Osisko shareholders would receive 0.146 of a Goldcorp share and $2.26 in cash per Osisko share. Because of the share component of the offer, its value will fluctuate over time.Goldcorp shares closed down 70 cents Tuesday at $24.34. The stock had been worth $25.29, before the takeover play was announced.Osisko shares closed down a penny at $6.23 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday. They closed on Jan. 10, before the Goldcorp’s announcement, at $5.17.For its part, Osisko its board will review Goldcorp’s offer, but made no further comment.Goldcorp was once one of the largest shareholders in Osisko, but sold its 10.1 per cent stake in the company in 2011 for $13.75 per share for a total of about $530 million.Chuck Jeannes, Goldcorp’s president and chief executive, said Monday that the companies had been in regular discussions up until late last year.CIBC analyst Alec Kodatsky noted the financing Goldcorp has arranged for its offer could allow the gold miner to raise its offer by about 57 cents per share for an implied bid of $6.52 per share.“We see the announcement . . . as initiating the process of price discovery and start the discussions to understand where Osisko shareholders have established expectations,” Kodatsky wrote.“It would seem that Goldcorp is comfortable in taking this dialogue directly to shareholders.”Rollins suggested it may be difficult for Osisko to find a rival bidder to compete with Goldcorp’s offer.“Given Goldcorp’s premium valuation within its share price and cash on hand relative to a majority of its peers, we believe it could be difficult for Osisko to find a white knight,” Rollins wrote.“That being said, one cannot rule out the potential for a white knight, including potential for private equity money to support a competing bid from another gold producer.”Shares in gold companies were beaten down last year as the price of gold fell from its record highs.Osisko shares fell more than 30 per cent in 2013 even as it ramped up operations at its Canadian Malartic gold mine in northern Quebec.In addition to the mine in Quebec’s Abitibi gold belt, Osisko owns the Hammond Reef gold project near Thunder Bay, Ont., and land holdings near Kirkland Lake, Ont. read more

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China blasts reports on hidden wealth of leaders families

by Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2016 3:44 am MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email China blasts reports on hidden wealth of leaders’ families A man walks by a propaganda poster of China’s Communist Party while a man reads newspapers posted on a public newspaper bulletin board in Beijing, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. China’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday denounced as “groundless” reports based on documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm that name relatives of current and retired Chinese politicians, including President Xi Jinping, as owning offshore companies. The poster reads: “Uphold both material and spiritual civilization with both hands and work hard all the time.” (AP Photo/Andy Wong) BEIJING, China – China’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday denounced as “groundless” reports based on documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm that name relatives of current and retired Chinese politicians, including President Xi Jinping, as owning offshore companies.Spokesman Hong Lei said he would not discuss the reports further and declined to say whether the individuals named would be investigated.“For these groundless accusations, I have no comment,” Hong told reporters at a regularly scheduled news conference.State media are ignoring reports on the revelations. Search results of websites and social media for the words “Panama documents” were blocked Tuesday.The blocking was not total, however, with some searches for Panama-related news resulting in stories mentioning soccer player Lionel Messi and others featured in the documents who are not related to China.The nationalistic tabloid Global Times published an editorial saying an unidentified “powerful force” was behind the document leak. It said the main targets were opponents of the West, especially Russian President Vladimir Putin.“The Western media have taken control of the interpretation each time there has been such a document dump, and Washington has demonstrated particular influence in it. Information that is negative to the U.S. can always be minimized, while exposure of non-Western leaders, such as Putin, can get extra spin,” said the newspaper, published by the party’s flagship People’s Daily.The paper made no mention of any involvement by Chinese figures.The reports by an international coalition of media outlets working with the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, or ICIJ, are based on documents from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, one of the world’s biggest creators of shell companies.A lack of legal guarantees in China has motivated many of the country’s newly wealthy to hide their riches through complicated legal arrangements that place them beyond the reach of the authorities.The ICIJ said Mossack Fonseca had arranged offshore companies for relatives of at least eight present or past members of the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee, the apex of power in China. Among those it mentioned was Xi’s brother-in-law.The government’s response came as no surprise, but many Chinese are likely to have heard about the ICIJ reports by finding ways around the censors or by discussing them indirectly, said Zhang Lifan, a Beijing-based independent historian and political observer.“As usual, the first reaction of the Chinese government is to block the information from spreading,” Zhang said.“It is difficult to prevent that, but they may be able to put the situation under control, unless someone within the system attempts to take advantage of the incident,” Zhang said.The family lives and personal finances of Chinese leaders are taboo subjects for Chinese media and reports on them in the international press can draw angry responses from Beijing.Previous reports by Bloomberg News and the New York Times about wealth accumulated by Xi’s family and the even-greater fortune built up by relatives of former Premier Wen Jiabao prompted China to block access to their websites within China and refuse to grant visas to their reporters to work in China. read more

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Carlos Hyde separates himself at running back defense matures for Ohio State

The Ohio State football team capped off its spring practice session with its annual Spring Game Saturday in Cincinnati, but the coaches and players believe there is still substantial work to be done. OSU’s assistant coaches met with the media Wednesday to discuss the improvements that need to be made, which players have stuck out during the spring and how they hope the leadership of last year’s seniors will be replaced. Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith: separating themselves from the rest Senior running back Carlos Hyde ran for 970 yards in his first season as a full-time starter in Meyer’s spread offense. His 16 rushing touchdowns led the team, and according to running backs coach Stan Drayton, Hyde and junior Rod Smith are going to be the main contributors for the position this fall. “I do believe that Carlos and Rod have separated themselves from both (sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt freshman Warren Ball),” Drayton said. “I feel like we have depth that can bring productivity to our offense which is something that is an unbelievable luxury to have. Carlos is clearly the starter, and I think Rod has separated himself from those guys right now.” Drayton went on to say Hyde has grown into a “phenomenal leader.” “It was critical that he establish himself with a young group of guys,” Drayton said. “He was like a coach out there. It was really good to see.” For the front seven, leadership is the key With former starters John Simon and Johnathan Hankins gone, linebacker coach and co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said the biggest thing that the defense has lost is leadership. “I think you’re always concerned about the leadership and the mentality and the way those guys are handling everything,” Fickell said. “You worry about how they gel together, how the leadership guys step up, how they make the other guys around them better.” Fickell said he was happy to see a number of guys “really maturing” this spring though, including junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant, who Fickell sees in the starting lineup with junior Ryan Shazier and sophomore Joshua Perry. Defensive line coach Mike Vrabel said the line made “good progress” during the 14 spring practices. The coaching staff and the players, though, are “not putting a lot of stock” in the 11 sacks the defense had during the Spring Game. Vrabel said the defensive line was more productive during scrimmages earlier in the spring than during the game because “you saw more consistent plays in the run game, runs that we’re going to see. Some of those guys in that first group didn’t see a whole bunch of runs (during the Spring Game).” Vrabel said that juniors Joel Hale and Michael Bennett in particular have made significant progress. “I think Joel Hale improved. I think we saw some things from him that we hadn’t seen from him last year,” Vrabel said. “Michael Bennett had a good spring. He was consistent, he was there every day. He was a leader for us and gave us a physical presence inside.” read more

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Elderly man banned from keeping dogs in graphic and horrific case

first_imgAN 80-YEAR-OLD man has been banned from ever owning a dog again in a case described as “the most graphic and horrific” the garda inspector had seen.Andrew Doherty of Rowels, Meelin in Cork was convicted of animal cruelty and handed a three-month suspended sentence.“If he was a younger man, I would lock him straight up without hesitation,” said presiding judge Brian Sheridan.Last February, ISPCA inspector Lisa O’Donovan visited Doherty’s property following a complaint to the charity’s helpline. On gaining access, she found four emaciated Collies locked in “filthy dark sheds”.She also discovered four Collies which had already died. One was still chained within the shed.The live dogs were described as “skeletal”, with one weighing in at only 5.5kg, less than one third of its optimum weight.According to animal welfare group, the dogs were extremely nervous on being rescued. “It took hours of gentle coaxing to get even the slightest wag of a tail,” it said.“This was a particularly horrendous act of cruelty,” added O’Donovan. “Although we managed to save four of the dogs, one cannot help but think of the poor dogs that perished.”Warning: Graphic imageslast_img read more

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Fletcher believes Pogba can be Uniteds matchwinner under Solksjaer

first_imgDarren Fletcher believes Paul Pogba can rediscover his best form at Manchester United following the departure of Jose Mourinho.The Stoke City midfielder believes Pogba remains “a match-winner” and has backed the midfielder to flourish if given a free role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The former Juventus star has struggled to justify the £89 million price tag since the Red Devils paid for him in the summer of 2016. Part of the problem Pogba had was finding his role in Jose Mourinho’s system. Fletcher hopes that things would change for the 25-year-old now that Solskjaer has been appointed an interim manager for Manchester United.“When I was out ill I worked for six months with the reserves with Warren Joyce, and that’s what we did. We gave him a free role. We said to him, go and play, get on the ball and make things happen.” Fletcher told talkSPORT.“Obviously he worked hard as well, that was asked of him.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But we didn’t play him as a central midfielder, somebody who was controlling the game, we played him higher up the pitch as a number ten, he could go left, he could go right.”“We let him be a free spirit and he was a match-winner.”“He could win games, he could create chances and he loved getting on the ball and trying things, but at least he was doing in the attacking third.”“So hopefully we see that Paul Pogba now, but he has got the ability of being a box-to-box midfielder, he’s matured now and I’ve seen him do it for France, so there’s no reason why he can’t do it for Man United.”last_img read more

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The Caribbean Region First to be Free of Local Measles Transmission

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 11 November 2016 – The Caribbean, and countries of the Americas, are first in the world to be declared free of local measles transmission.This historic announcement was recently made by the International Expert Committee for Documenting and Verifying Measles, Rubella, and Congenital Rubella Syndrome Elimination in the Americas at the 55th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).This means that children in the Caribbean are now less likely to be affected by measles, once they are vaccinated.  Measles affects mostly children and is one of the most contagious diseases.However, widespread use of the vaccine has led to a great reduction in measles cases in the Region.“No local measles cases have been reported in the Caribbean Region since 1991,” stated Dr. C. James Hospedales, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). He warned however, that “we cannot become complacent, as measles still circulates in other parts of the world.”  He went on to say “due to the high intensity of international travel related to the large tourism sector, the Caribbean region remains at high risk for the importation of measles and rubella cases.”Between 1971 and 1979, more than 100,000 deaths in the Americas were attributable to the disease.  Measles is transmitted by airborne droplets or via direct contact with secretions from the nose, mouth, and throat of infected individuals. It can cause serious complications including blindness, severe diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia, particularly in children with nutritional problems.Measles is the fifth vaccine-preventable disease to be eliminated from the Caribbean and countries of the Americas, after the regional eradication of endemic smallpox in 1971, polio in 1994, and rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in 2015. Related Items:last_img read more

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BOF Appointees Face Backlash From Peninsula Commercial Fisherman

first_imgKenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association: “ACTION ALERT! The Board of Fisheries is set to be stacked with a ratio of 5 sport seats and only 2 commercial fisheries seats. Legislators need to hear from our fleet and tell them to please oppose Karl Johnstone. Karl’s appointment will upset the delicate balance on the BOF and swings it too far towards sportfish. Also, please consider the legitimacy of Mr. Johnstone’s residency.” The Board of Fisheries consists of seven members who allocate fish and set harvest limits in Alaska. Members of the Board are appointed by the governor and must be confirmed by a majority of legislators. Once approved, Board members serve three-year terms. Among the nominees is Judge Karl Johnstone. Judge Johnstone previously served as chairman of the Board of Fisheries. Fishing groups on the Kenai Peninsula have issued a ‘call to action’ opposing this nomination. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy recently announced his appointments for the Board of Fisheries, much to the dismay of commercial fisherman on the Kenai Peninsula. The governors nominations to the BOF must be confirmed by the legislature. “He collects an Alaska PFD but presides primarily in Arizona. Commercial fishermen suffered under him during his previous time on the BOF from 2008-2015 and they will continue to suffer should he be reappointed.” The Kenai River Sportfishing Association on the other hand is rallying in support of Johnstones confirmation. “He was praised by his colleagues on the Board for being approachable, thorough, and interested in feedback and opinions – the type of person Alaskans want representing them on the Board of Fisheries. We need your voice to help to confirm Karl Johnstone, and all the nominees, to the Board of Fisheries.”last_img read more

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When I catch I catch it hard Hasina

first_imgAL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina briefs the media at her Ganabhaban residence on Wednesday. Photo: BSSBangladesh Awami League (AL) president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday claimed that no innocent people have been killed or harassed in the ongoing anti-narcotics drive which claimed over 130 lives so far.Addressing a press conference at her official Ganabhaban residence, Hasina also said the drive has not started all of a sudden.The prime minister organised the press conference originally to brief the media about her latest India trip, but some of the questioners drew her attention to the widespread outcry against the wholesale killing of people every day in the so-called gunfights in the name of anti-drug drive.Read more: Alleged gunfights kill 13 more, death toll rises to 130“As many as 10,000 people have been arrested so far. No media outlets published reports on how many people are arrested,” said Hasina.The AL president went on saying, “We’ll of course take actions if any innocent people fell victim during the drive.“If you say, then I can stop the anti-drug and anti-adulteration drives. Sons are killing their parents just because of drug. Look, some incidents took place when you go for conducting such drive.”In response to a query, Hasina said, “All the godfathers and ringleaders, no matter whoever s/he is, will be nabbed. When I catch, I catch it hard. You know that. It will not be considered as to whose brother or whose relative he is.”last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Fire broke out on the third floor of a five-storied building in Kasba on Wednesday morning. Four fire tenders were pressed into action and the fire was controlled almost after an hour. One fire brigade official fell sick due to the smoke and was admitted later at Ruby General Hospital.According to locals, on Wednesday morning at around 9 am, they noticed smoke coming out of the third floor of a five-storied building located at 165, Rajdanga Main Road. Sources informed that the fire broke out in the office of a renowned jewellery merchant. They immediately alerted the occupants of the building and helped them evacuate. Police and fire brigade were informed as well. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSoon, four fire tenders reached the spot and started spraying water on the third floor. Though firefighters were spraying water, the entire floor was filled with thick black smoke. After a few moments, some firefighters went up to the second floor with water jet hose. While spraying water, a firefighter identified as Debabrata Chakraborty, who is the sub-officer of Pragati Maidan fire station, felt breathless due to the smoke. He was immediately rushed to Ruby General Hospital on a Kolkata Accident Rescue and Medical Assistance (KARMA) ambulance of Kolkata Police and was subsequently admitted there. At around 10.05 am, the fire was controlled but due to the heat, firefighters kept on spraying water to cool down the walls and floors. It was assumed that the fire might have occurred due to an electrical short-circuit but it is yet to be confirmed by the technical experts of the fire brigade. The extent of damage is yet to be ascertained.last_img read more

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